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Staff & Town Councillors

Our Staff

Town Clerk – Mrs Claire Binnington.  To contact the Town Clerk email townclerk@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

External Funding Officer – Mrs Fiona Turner.  To contact Fiona email fiona.turner@eastriding.gov.uk

Town Centre Officer – Mrs Jill Baldwin.  To contact Jill email tco@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

Tidy Team – Mr Chris Brotherton, Mr Andy Wilson, Mr Robert Flake, Mr Peter Shannon and Mr David Dale.

If you need to contact the Tidy Team please email townclerk@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

Our Councillors

For Driffield Town Council Councillors Register of Interests follow this link: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/councillors-and-members-of-parliament/find-a-parish-councillor/

 

CLLR MARK BLAKESTON (Mayor)

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Ex-officio on all committees (except Personnel and Grievance)

DTC Delegate: Chair of the Driffield Healthy Town project

Trustee: The Wold Rangers Way

Trustee: Driffield Men In Sheds

Patron: Yorkshire Wolds Railway

Trustee: Humberside Scouts

Member of Driffield Agricultural Society

With my roots in Driffield and the Wolds, I care about Driffield and always strive to promote the Town and the Wolds area in everything I do.  I take my role on Driffield Town Council seriously because I’ve come to know, first hand, that through commitment and involvement in various committees and working groups, positive progress can be made.

Email: CllrMBlakeston@Driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Paul Rounding CLLR PAUL ROUNDING

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Personnel, CCTV, Property & Assets, Events

DTC Delegate: Driffield Partnership Board, Community Centre Management Committee, Driffield Youth Action

Trustee: Driffield Youth Action

Trustee: Driffield Community Centre

Trustee: Driffield & District Skate & BMX Park Ltd.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR PHIL STOCKER

Ward:  North Ward – Co=opted June 2019

Committees:  None as yet

DTC Delegate: Driffield Youth Action

Trustee: Driffield Youth Action

Trustee: Driffield Millennium Green Trust

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR MATTHEW GARRARD

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted June 2019

Committees:  Planning, CCTV and Market

DTC Delegate: None

I have lived in Driffield for over thirty years and is the place I call home. I think we are a great town with a great community. I have a passion as a town councillor to see our town have a strong social and economic future and I will work hard with my other town councillors to bring this about. Over the next few years as our town grows through several housing developments, I think we need to be at the forefront to make sure that our health and community services are kept in-line with a growing population. Away from being a town councillor, I love spending time with my family and friends as well as watching the odd football match. Great Driffield is a great town with a great future.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

Cllr Joyce Fletcher CLLR JOYCE FLETCHER

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees:  CCTV, Market, Property & Assets

DTC Delegate: Driffield Youth Action

Trustee: Driffield Youth Action

Trustee: Driffield Community Centre

Trustee: Driffield & District Skate & BMX Park Ltd.

I have represented South West ward for the past 16 years.  During this time I have taken a very active role on various committees.  These include the Market, Events, CCTV and Friends of North End Park committees.

I will continue to encourage the council to embark on further projects to support the economic vitality of the town.

I feel we as a council should promote facilities for the youth of our town.  they are our future and I am on the committee of both the Driffield Skate and BMX Park and Driffield Youth Action.

Driffield is a great place to work, rest and play.  My three grown up children and their families all live here, so I have an added interest in promoting Driffield for my grandchildren and all future generations.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

Cllr Matt Rogers CLLR MATT ROGERS 

Ward: North Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Personnel, Planning, Property & Assets, Allotment

DTC Delegate: None

Trustee: Driffield Millennium Green Trust

Originating from the East Riding of Yorkshire (Bridlington), I grew up in rural North Yorkshire in Ryedale, so have very firm roots within the countryside, with strong agricultural connections. I moved to Driffield with my job, having worked in education for a number of years. I run a small holding on the edge of Driffield which helps keep my hand in with my passion for agriculture and the countryside and I am the landlord of The Original Keys in Market Place.

Being part of Driffield Town Council means a great deal to me, because I feel that being part of the decision making for this great town is an important role and should not be taken lightly. Our town needs people to help guide and push forward, develop and create a Driffield ready to evolve for the next generation.

Town councillors do their best for this town and people will agree or disagree with our policies and the decisions which are being made, but this is all part of the fun. Local governance does not have to be dull and boring and I appeal to people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get involved and become part of Driffield Town Council when positions become available.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR GILLIAN HELLIWELL (Deputy Mayor)

Ward: North Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Events, Allotments, Environment, Market, CCTV

DTC Delegate: None

Trustee: The League of Friends of the Alfred Bean Hospital

Email: Contact Town Clerk

 

CLLR FRED SMITH

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted March 2022

Committees: Planning, CCTV, Property & Assets

Delegate: None

Email: Contact Town Clerk

Cllr Kevin Stack CLLR KEVIN STACK

Ward: South – Uncontested 2019

Committees:  Events, Grievance

DTC Delegate:  None

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR AMANDA CROFT

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: TBA

DTC Delegate: Driffield Children’s Centre

Being part of Driffield Town Council was something that I was interested in from a young age. I started volunteering with my local youth group and worked alongside the town council when I was a teen to make decisions on things from a young persons perspective. I later went on to study Youth Work and Community Development as a degree and it was through this my passion grew. Living in the heart of Leeds for 3 years gave me a great insight into other cultures and communities, but my heart belonged to Driffield so I returned in 2013.

I work for the NHS as an Early Intervention Children’s Mental Health Practitioner, previous to this I was a Youth and Family Support Practitioner for 5 years with ERYC. Both jobs have given me a great insight to what the local families want and need and I will take this experience into the chambers and advocate for them wherever I can.

I am proud of our little town, and want it to be the best it can be for the next generation. I think it’s important to focus on the positive’s we have and do, rather the pointing out things which are mostly out of our control; for example pot holes and empty buildings.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

 

CLLR. RHIAN LIVINGSTONE

Ward:  West Ward (Co-opted May 2022)

Committees: Events, Planning, Allotment, Grievance

Delegate: None

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR GEORGINA LUCAS

Ward: South West Ward – uncontested 2019

Committees:  Personnel, Planning, Allotment, Environment, Property and Assets

DTC Delegate:  Yorkshire Coast Rail Partnership

I have lived in Driffield my whole life.  I am proud of our town.  My family all live in and around Driffield and have been supportive of me in many aspects including my council duties.  I worked my way through the local schools and after trying my hand at several different jobs, I now work in Cranswick for a successful business and have been there for 14 years.

Outside of the council and work, my interests are walking, reading and archery.  I am the chairman of my local archery club, Wolds Archers, which is based in Brandesburton.  I have been shooting for around 5 years now and find it a very rewarding sport.

I am now in my third term on the Driffield  Town Council.  I look forward to another 4 years of hard work and dedication, all with the aim to make Driffield a town that everyone can be as proud of as I am.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR SIMON STARRETT

Ward: South Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Events, Market

DTC Delegate:  Friends of North End Park

Email: Contact Town Clerk

Cllr Spencer Fletcher CLLR SPENCER FLETCHER

Ward:  West Ward – Co-Opted July 2019

Committees: Property & Assets, Market, Grievance

DTC Delegate:  None

Trustee: Driffield & District Skate & BMX Park Ltd.

Email: Contact Town Clerk

CLLR TOM WATSON

Ward: North Ward – Elected Uncontested 2019

Committees: Planning, Environment, Events

DTC Delegate:  None

I have lived in Driffield and surrounding villages all my life. My family live here and the Watson side of the family have farmed in the area for generations, so I feel I have a strong connection with the area – it’s basically where I feel at home.

As a town councillor I have an opportunity to make a difference to people locally, and try and champion local causes at higher levels and try and change things for the better.

It saddens me to see land and buildings in the town degrading into ruin. With the lack of social housing and local people priced out of the housing market, it seems ridiculous we can’t use these buildings to help solve these issues. As a Town Council we must keep pressure on the owners of land and buildings being left unoccupied so they can be transformed into something good for the town.

I always like to look forward, and I also care deeply about the environment. Our town has to be ready for the challenges of climate change and be at the forefront of change. I have been heavily involved with Electric Vehicle charging coming to Driffield and will push for more charging infrastructure in the town.

As well as looking forward, we have to face the environmental issues happening right now on our doorsteps. I’m against fracking, and will continue to fight against it.

I believe in social justice and equality, being in a minority group myself I know how hard life can be sometimes, so I will always help in the struggle for an equal society.

Driffield is a special place, a lovely town and community filled with people who want the best for it. There is always room to improve and develop but we must be mindful as to keep our market town charming and distinctive. I will champion local businesses so the town can be the best it can be, offer residents a diverse array of opportunities to drive the towns economy and bring people to the town from further afield.

Ultimately, I want to improve Driffield for the better, for the residents that live here and for the people that visit and contribute to the local economy. It’s my home town and I’m passionate about making it a nicer place for everyone.

Email:  cllrtwatson@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

CLLR ANDREW COLEMAN

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted July 2019

Committees: Personnel, Environment, Allotment

DTC Delegate:  None

“I believe Driffield and the Wolds is a wonderful place to live, work and bring up a family. As a member of Driffield Town Council I will work to see the town thrives and continues to serve the needs of its people and surrounding villages whilst maintaining its identity and character.”

Email: Contact Town Clerk